Florida Teenager Makes 100 Superhero Capes so NICU Babies Can Celebrate Halloween
The middle-schooler said she wanted them to have costumes that match their strength.
In the eyes of 13-year-old Rachel Maretsky, the tiny premature babies that spend their earliest weeks and months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are the real superheroes.
Determined to give them costumes that matched their strength on their first Halloween, the Florida middle school student made more than 100 itty-bitty superhero capes featuring the familiar emblems of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and The Incredibles.
Over the weekend, and for the second year in a row, Maretsky and her parents walked around the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, handing out her handmade capes to the hospital's most vulnerable patients.
"Halloween in the NICU just got a whole lot sweeter!" the hospital wrote on Facebook alongside photos of Maretsky and her creations.
Maretsky admitted to getting some help from her parents and friends to make the small capes, which they made with hot glue in a clean space to avoid germs. She said she already plans to do the same thing next year too.
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The enterprising teen told the Orlando Sentinel that the project carries special meaning for her, because her best friend was a premature baby.
"Doing this project and meeting the babies and their families helped me see that the NICU babies really are superheroes," added.